The club participates in both marathon and sprint events, and training is planned to facilitate members taking part in both. Racing is fully inclusive, races are structured such that every virtually every paddler will be capable of racing within months of taking up the sport. Races can be entered solo (K1 or C1), or with a partner (K2 or C2). There are also K4 races, though these are less frequent.
The club is in the eastern region for the nationwide ‘Hasler’ series named in honour of Herbert George “Blondie” Hasler DSO, OBE. Currently the top four clubs from our region qualify for the Hasler finals competing against the best clubs from around the country, and at the last finals we finished as the ninth highest ranking club in the UK.
Hasler races are divided into nine divisions, with Division 9 being the entry level. Races are mixed so men will be racing against the ladies. Distances are progressively longer through the divisions:
Divisions 7-9 race over four miles, usually with no portages
Divisions 4-6 race over eight miles, usually with around 2-4 portages
Divisions 1-3 race over twelve miles, usually with around 4-6 portages
In August the club also competes in the National Marathon Championships. These are raced by age rather than by abaility so it’s an opportunity to race against some of the best paddlers in the country in your age category.
Beyond these races the club regulary has entants in the Devizes to Westminster race, held at Easter over 125 miles, and the races building up to this including the Waterside Series and Thameside Races. If the DW is of interest there are plenty of paddlers and coaches with experince of the race who can help you to prepare for it.
Sprint racing is one of two Olympic canoeing events (the other being slalom). It takes place on flat water, over distances of 200, 500 and 1000 metres, in singles, doubles and four-person crew boats. There are only a few venues suitable for sprint racing so the majority of racing is based around five annual regattas at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham. Racing is organised into classes according to age, gender and ability including a mini sprint event for Under 10’s and Under 12’s. There are events for both kayaks and canoes. Most regattas are held between April and September.
Sprint boats have to comply with specific weight regulations.
K1 = 12 kg Note: boats should be slightly over the minimum
K2 = 18kg weight as scales can be out by 1 – 2 %